Post Season Basketball Records (& special games) for the

Long Island University

( L. I. U.)

(L.I.U.-Brooklyn)

Red Devils (through 1933-34) • Blackbirds • Busy Bees (through 1951)

Also the Long Island University Athletic Association.

  1933
     Annual Unemployment Benefit Carnival,  at Madison Square Garden
2/22 St. Francis 19 - L.I.U. 10 (aft.) 5,000 (4th game of afternoon session)
          [Not truly a post-season game. (Other games: Columbia 21 - Williams 15; Brooklyn 41 - Cathedral 18; Manhattan 38 - Villanova 22 )]


  1936
     Olympic Trials,  at Madison Square Garden
          [L.I.U. declines to participate in the Division 1 Olympic Trials/Eliminations in protest against Olympics taking place in Berlin.]


The Long Island University Athletic Association

The L.I.U. A.A. played in Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) tournaments.  The L.I.U. A.A. would include freshmen ineligible in intercollegiate play, and usually no seniors in the post-season.  From 1952 to 1955, the LIU varsity team played as the L.I.U. A.A.
  1937
     Metropolitan A.A.U. Championships
       First Round,  at the Hippodrome, New York City:
2/28 L.I.U. A.A. 47 - Frank Effert A.A. 25  (g. 1: Union Temple 30 - Printer's Devils of Staten Island 25; 2nd-Ohrbach A.A. 33 - Nizolck Homemakers of Hudson County 29; 4th- C.C.N.Y. 38 - Fort Jay Hawks (Governor's Is.) 20]
       Quarter-final,  at Union Temple (8th Ave. & 15th St., Brooklyn):
3/6  L.I.U. A.A. 37 - Crescent A.C. of Brooklyn
       Semi-final,  at The Hippodrome:
3/7  L.I.U. A.A. 28 - Union Temple 23  (other semi: C.C.N.Y. 33 - Brooklyn College 22)
       Championship game,  at The Hippodrome:
3/8  L.I.U. A.A. 28 - C.C.N.Y. 23 O.T.  1,200  (Consol.- Union Temple 40 - Brooklyn Col. 22)
       Champions!

     National A.A.U. Championships,  at City Auditorium, Denver, Colorado
       First Round:
         L.I.U. bye
       Second Round:
3/15 L.I.U. 38 - West Texas Teachers 30
       Third Round:
3/17 L.I.U. 43 - New Mexico Normal 39  4,000
       Quarter-final:
3/18 Denver Safeways 49 - L.I.U. 26  6,000

     Post-season game,  at the Renaissance Casino (138th St. & 7th Ave.):
3/24 L.I.U. 43 - Harlem Y.M.C.A. 31


  1938
     King's County A.A.U. Championships
       First Round:
         L.I.U. Reserves bye
       Quarter-final,  at Union Temple:
3/3  L.I.U. Reserves 48 - Bensonhurst Jewish Community House 38  (other g.- Williamsburg YMHA 33 - Union Temple Reserves 24)
       Semi-final,  at Union Temple:
3/7  Williamsburg YMHA 32 - L.I.U. Reserves 30  (other g.- St. John's Reserves 84 - St. John's Home 23)

     National Invitation Tournament,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round:
3/9  N.Y.U. 39 - L.I.U. 37  13,829  (other g.- Temple 53 - Bradley 40)

     Metropolitan A.A.U. Championships
       First Round:
         L.I.U. bye
       Second Round,  at Union Temple:
3/21 L.I.U. A.A. 54 - Foley's 5 of Tarrytown 43
       Quarter-final,  at St. Teresa's Auditorium (Classon Ave. & Sterling Pl., Brooklyn):
3/27 L.I.U. A.A. 58 - Standard Oil Packers (Bayonne) 30  (other g.- Union Temple 51 - Effert A.A. 33)
       Semi-final,  at Union Temple:
3/29 L.I.U. A.A. 56 - Crescent A.C. 37  (2nd g.- Union Temple 42 - Brooklyn College A.A. 33)
       Champiopnship, at The Hippodrome:
3/31 Union Temple 47 - L.I.U. A.A. 43  (3rd place- Brooklyn Col. A.A. 33 - Crescent A.C. 31 O.T.)

     New York Urban League Benefit game,  at the Renaissance Casino:
3/24 L.I.U. 57 - Virginia Union 40  1,200


  1939
     N.I.T.,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round:
3/15 L.I.U. 52 - New Mexico A & M 45  14,443  (2nd g.- St. John's 71 - Roanoke 47)
       Semi-final:
3/20 L.I.U. 36 - Bradley 32  18,206  (semi: Loyola (chicago) 51 - St. John's 46 O.T.; 1st g.- N.M. A&M 55 - Roanoke 52)
       Championship:
3/22 L.I.U. 44 - Loyola of Chicago 32  18,038 (Consol.: Bradley 40 - St. John's 35)
       Champions!

     Eastern States/Saratoga A.A.U. Invitation Tournament,  at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
     [L.I.U. team with added freshmen but no seniors played in this tournament]
       First Round:
3/24 L.I.U. 58 - Hudson Falls Iroquois 30  [This team was Vermont A.A.U. champions.]
       Semi-final:
3/25 L.I.U. 50 - Stillwater Collegians 38
       Championship:
3/26 L.I.U. 38 - Amsterdam American-Lithuanians 29 (Consolat.: Buffalo Wooleys W-L Stillwater Collegians)
       Champions!

     Exhibition Games
       at Musical Fund Hall, Philadelphia:
3/23 L.I.U. Stars 61 - Virginia Union 50
       at State Palace, New York:
3/24 Virginia Union 36 - L.I.U. Stars 28
3/25 L.I.U. Stars 50 - Philadelphia Sphas 46 [probably LIU Seniors] (site unknown)
       at Arcadia Hall, Brooklyn (Halsey St. at Broadway):
3/26 L.I.U. Blackbirds 38 - St. John's Redmen 31 [teams of seniors][prob. other g.- N.Y. Jewels 50 - Metropolitan All-Stars 51]
       at Troy, N.Y.:
3/29 Troy Bearcats 42 - L.I.U. Blackbirds 25 [LIU seniors](college rules) [Said to be 6-1 after game]
3/30 Kentucky State 39 - L.I.U. Seniors 35 (site unknown)
       at the State Palace Court, Harlem:
3/31 Blackbirds Basketball Team 37 - Kentucky State 33 [L.I.U. Seniors]
4/8 Long Island All-Stars 43-63 Philadelphia Sphas
4/10 Waterbury Brasscos 51 - Long Island Blackbirds 45


  1940
     N.I.T.,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round:
3/11 De Paul 45 - L.I.U. 38  10,551  (2nd g.- Duquesne 38 - St. John's 31)

     Saratoga A.A.U. Invitation Tournament,  at Saratoga Springs
       First Round:
3/29 L.I.U. 38 - Bay Path Institute (Springfield, Mass.) 36
     (other games: N.Y. Ohrbachs 56 - Canisius 51; Amsterdam Textiles 58 - Cobleskill Teachers 34; Saratoga K of C 70 - Corinth Emba 50)
       Semi-final:
3/30 L.I.U. 46 - Amsterdam Textiles 40  (Adirondack AAU champs; other g.- Saratoga Caseys 52 - Ohrbach AA 45)
       Championship:
3/31 L.I.U. 48 - Saratoga K of C 36  (consol- Ohrbachs 59 - Amst. Textiles 35; & Canisius 51 - Bay Path 44)
       Champions!


  1941
     Metropolitan A.A.U. Championships
       Qualifying first Round, at Central Needle Trades High School (225 W.24th):
2/19 L.I.U. A.A. 49 - Metropolitan Life A.A. 30  (other g.: 8th Ave. Temple 37 - Hebrew Educational Society 27)
       Second round, at Manhattan Center (34th & 8th):
2/25 Union Temple 56 - L.I.U. A.A. 48  (also- Ohrbach AA 41 - Furriers joint Council 33; Bensonhurst Jewish Community House 42 - Williamsburg YMHA 39)

     N.I.T.,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round:
3/19 L.I.U. 48 - Westminster 36  16,500  (1st g.- Seton Hall 70 - Rhode Island State 54)
       Semi-final:
3/22 L.I.U. 49 - Seton Hall 26  18,357  (Ends Seton Hall's 43 game winning streak; 1st g.- Ohio 45 - C.C.N.Y. 43)
       Championship:
3/24 L.I.U. 56 - Ohio 42  18,377  (Consol.- C.C.N.Y. 42 - Seton Hall 27)
       Champions!


  1942
     N.I.T.,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round:
3/17 West Virginia 58 - L.I.U. 49 O.T.  16,585  (1st g.- Creighton 59 - West Texas 58)

     Army Emergency Relief Benefit game,  at Madison Square Garden
3/28 C.C.N.Y. 42 - L.I.U. 34  16,251  (1st g.- U. S. Army 2nd Corp 59 - N.I.T. All-Tournament team 57)
          [Above game also for Metropolitan basketball championship. C.C.N.Y.'s Red Holtzman was presented with award for best player of the year in New York City area.]



  1943
     International Exhibition Game,  at Madison Square Garden
12/25 University of Havana 40 - L.I.U. 37  17,043  (1st g.: Brooklyn Col. 36-36 - Western Kentucky 35)



  1944
     March of Dimes Benefit Game,  at Uline Arena, Washington, D,C.
2/8  L.I.U. Stars 31 - Washington Lichtman Bears 29  6,500  (L.I.U. Stars include 1939 “wonder team”, other former players, Chicago Bears QB Sid Luckman & N.Y. Yankee pitcher Marius Russo.)



  1946
     Post-Season International Trip,  at Havana, Cuba
4/14 L.I.U. 44 - Havana All-Stars 34
4/15 L.I.U. 57 - Havana All-Stars 46
4/16 L.I.U. 45 - Cuban All-Stars 43
4/21 L.I.U. 60 - Havana All-Stars 47
4/22 L.I.U. 58 - Cuban All-Stars 48
4/23 L.I.U. 44 - Velado Tennis Club 30
4/24 L.I.U. W - unknown team L
4/25 L.I.U. 49 - Havana All Stars 23


  1947
     N.I.T.,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round:
3/17 Kentucky 66 - L.I.U. 62  18,474  (1st g.- Utah 45 - Duquesne 44)


  1950
     Metropolitan A.A.U. Championships,  at 69th Regiment Armory (Lexington & 23rd)
       First Round:
2/26 L.I.U. Freshmen 71 - Grand Street Boys 40
    (other games- Hofstra AA 65 - Carlton YMCA 48; Union Temple 60 - CCNY School of Commerce 39; Lady of Angel CYO 63 - Iona Col. Frosh 59)
       Semi-final :
3/12 L.I.U. A.A. 64 - Our Lady of Brooklyn 53  (Other g.- Union Temple 67 - Hofstra AA 44)
       Championship game:
3/19 Union Temple 69 - L.I.U. A.A. 51  (L.I.U. A.A. star- freshman Ray Felix)

     N.I.T.,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round:
3/11 Syracuse 80 - L.I.U. 52  (1st g.- La Salle 72 - Arizona 66)


  1951
      {Long Island University was undefeated in March, 1951 when the fixing scandals broke. L.I.U. dropped basketball until 1955-'56 season excepting junior varsity play.  A team did continue- the L.I.U. A.A.  Dick Surhoff was the star of this team and played for the N.Y. Knicks in the N.B.A. following the 1951-'52 season.}

The Long Island University Athletic Association

The L.I.U. A.A. played in Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) tournaments; the team would include freshmen ineligible in intercollegiate play, and usually no seniors in the post-season. Following 1951, the LIU varsity team played as the L.I.U. A.A. for a few years before intercollegiate basketball was restarted
  1952
     Metropolitan A.A.U. Championships, at Union Temple, Brooklyn
       First Round:
1/16 L.I.U. A.A. 96 - St. Albans U.S. Naval Hospital 32  (other g.- Our Lady of Angels 81 - West side YMHA 47)
       Quarter-final:
1/21 L.I.U. A.A. 92 - Our Lady of Angels 53  (other g.- Jewish Community House 85 - Forest Hills Jewish Center 54)
       Semi-final:
1/29 L.I.U. A.A. 71 - U.S.S. Oriskany 59  (Ended the ship team's 43 game winning streak; &- Union Temple 91 - Boro Park YMHA 54)
       Championship:
2/5  L.I.U. A.A. 69 - Union Temple 62  (Consol.- USS Oriskany 68 - Boro Park YMHA 67)
       Champions!

     National A.A.U. Tournament, at Denver, Colorado
       [As Metrpolitan A.A.U. champion. L.I.U. A.A. was automatic invite to the National AAU tourney beginning March 16, pending permission by L.I.U. administration. Since no games were found, it is presumed the permission was denied.]


  1965
     Tri-State Conference Playoff game, at Hofstra, Hempstead, N.Y.
3/3  L.I.U. 78 - Wagner College 69  1,200

     N. C. A. A. College Division Tournament
       Eastern Regional,  at Reading, Pa.
       First Round:
3/4  L.I.U. 57 - Cheyney State 48  3,500  (Ends 23 game winning streak)
       Regional Final:
3/6  Philadelphia Textile 61 - L.I.U. 58  (Consol: Cheyney St. 55 - Albright 51)


  1966
     N. C. A. A. Small College Tournament
       Eastern Regional,  at Reading, Pa.
       First Round:
3/4  L.I.U. 62 - Drexel 54  3,200
       Regional Final:
3/5  L.I.U. 67 - Cheyney State 64  3,500  (Ended 26 game winning streak.)
       National Quarter-final,  at Evansville, Indiana:
3/9  Akron 74 - L.I.U. 68  (2nd g.- North Dakota 63 - Abilene Christian 62)


  1967
     N. C. A. A. Small College Tournament
       Regional,  at New Britain, Conn. (Central Conn. State)
       First Round:
3/7  L.I.U. 85 - Rochester 76  1,200
       Regional Final:
3/8  L.I.U. 114 - Central Connecticut State 66  3,200  (Consol.- Rochester 76 - Buffalo State 70)
       Northeast Regional Final,  at Springfield, Mass.:
3/11 L.I.U. 72 - St. Michael's 64
       National Quarter-final,  at Evansville, Indiana:
3/15 Winston-Salem 62 - L.I.U. 54


  1968
     N.I.T.,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round:
3/16 L.I.U. 80 - Bradley 77  14,789  (1st g.- Notre Dame 62 - Army 58)
       Quarter-final:
3/19 Notre Dame 62 - L.I.U. 60  18,683  (1st g.- Dayton 61 - Fordham 60)


  1976
     E.C.A.C. Metropolitan New York/New Jersey Playoffs (Invitational)
       First Round,  at Princeton:
3/4  Rutgers 104 - L.I.U. 76  7,550  (other g.- St. John's 75 - St. Peter's 67)
       Consolation game,  at Madison Square Garden:
3/6  St. Peter's 76 - L.I.U. 65  17,111  (Final: Rutgers 70 - St. John's 67)


  1980
     E.C.A.C. Metropolitan New York/New Jersey Playoffs (Invitational)
       Qualifying round,  at Siena:
2/26 Siena 80 - L.I.U. 78 2 O.T.s
       [This conference began including every conference team in the league in the post-season playoffs beginning this year and are not listed for subsequent years in this list.]


  1981
     N. C. A. A. Tournament
       Eastern Regional
       First Round,  at Charlotte Coliseum:
3/13 Virginia Commonwealth 85 - L.I.U. 69  (2nd g.- Villanova 90 - Houston 72)


  1982
     N.I.T.,  
       First Round,  at University of Illinois:
3/10 Illinois 126 - L.I.U. 76


  1984
     N. C. A. A.
       Preliminary Round,  at The Palestra, Philadelphia:
3/13 Northeastern 90 - L.I.U. 87  (2nd g.- Richmond 89 - Rider 65; 3rd- Princeton 65 - San Diego 56)


  1997
     N. C. A. A.
       Eastern Regional
       First Round,  at Winston-Salem:
3/13 Villanova 101 - L.I.U. 91  (1st g.- California 55 - Princeton 52)


  1998
     N.I.T.,  
       First Round, at Dayton, Ohio:
3/12 Dayton 95 - L.I.U. 92


  2011
     N.C.A.A.
       East Regional,  at Charlotte, N.C.
       First Round:
         L.I.U. bye
       Second Round:
3/18 North Carolina 102 - L.I.U. 87


  2012
     N.C.A.A.
       West Region,  at Columbus, Ohio
       Second Round:
3/16 Michigan State 89 - L.I.U. 67


  2013
     N.C.A.A.
       East Region,  at Dayton, Ohio
       First Round:
3/20 James Madison 68 - L.I.U. 55

•Also see the Lady Blackbirds Post-Season Records!

Single-Game Scoring Record
  63 pts. Sherman White, L.I.U. (W 119-82) John Marshall College, 2/28/1950
Holders of Single Season Scoring Record
 264 pts. Ben Kramer, 1933-34
 267 pts. Jules Bender, 1936-37
 272 pts. Irv Torgoff, 1937-38
 282 pts. Simon “Si” Lobello, 1939-40
 357 pts. Dick Holub, 1941-42
 395 pts. Jack Goldsmith, 1945-46
 397 pts. Dick Holub, 1946-47
 551 pts. Sherman White, 1949-50
 603 pts. Sherman White, 1950-51
 603 pts. Robert Brown, 1983-84
 605 pts. Andre Ervin, 1985-86
 614 pts. Freddie Burton, 1988-89
 723 pts. Joe Griffin, 1994-95
 903 pts. Charles Jones, 1996-97
Career Scoring Records
1,830 pts. Joe Griffin, 1991-94
1,800 pts. Robert Cole, 1979-83
1,772 pts. Charles Jones, 1996-98
1,710 pts. James Williams, 2003-07
1,627 pts. Antawn Dobie, 1999-03

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